Bellevue Washington Parks & Recreation

Downtown Bellevue, WA

Looking to buy a home in Bellevue near a park or outdoor recreation? You won't have to look very far! More than 2500 acres in Bellevue are devoted to parks and open spaces and greenbelts, including Downtown Park and the Bellevue Botanical Gardens. You'll also find several playgrounds, beach parks and miles of trails to enjoy - even among the glass high-rise condos in Downtown Bellevue.

One of the reasons why Bellevue is so "green" dates back to the 1970s when the area began to grow at a rapid pace. The writing was on the wall - Bellevue was the place to be! (and remains so today). Back then, city leaders took a proactive approach to ensure that the area's natural beauty, land and water resources wouldn't be overwhelmed by commercial development. Even to this day, thousands of Bellevue residents volunteer each year to keep the area beautiful? and it shows.

Popular Bellevue Parks

If you love the water, the city of Bellevue offers quite a few locations for you to enjoy. For example, there's the Lake Hills Greenbelt along Phantom Lake and Larson Lake. You'll also find a number of small parks along Meydenbauer Bay like Clyde Beach Park and Meydenbauer Park. Lake Washington has Chism Beach Park, Burrows Landing, Chesterfield Beach Park, Newcastle Beach and Enatai Beach Park.

Cougar Mountain Wildland Park

The Cougar Mountain Wildland Park lies to the south of Bellevue on Cougar mountain. Cougar mountain is operated by the King County Parks system and features forests, waterfalls, meadows and cliffs. There are also impressive views of the Cascades, Lake Sammamish, Bellevue, and Seattle. There are over 36 miles of trails and 12 miles of equestrian trails.

Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center

The Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center highlights and educates children and the public about the slough (an area of soft, muddy ground or swamp) and wetlands. Visitors can look at the slough, surrounding wetlands, and wildlife from the tree house, elevated boardwalk systems, and viewing overlooks. There is a visitors center with displays, education areas and restrooms. The center was constructed to have a minimal impact on the environment and has won several environmental awards for green construction techniques.

Other Parks in Bellevue

  • Bellevue Botanical Gardens
  • Bridle Trails State Park
  • Bellevue Downtown Park
  • Coal Creek Natural Area
  • Eastgate Park
  • Lake Hills Greenbelt

Bellevue Neighborhood Parks

Still, even if you just want to enjoy the great outdoors in Bellevue, you'll find you're never too far from neighborhood parks with picnic areas, playground equipment, walking trails, open spaces or all of the above. Local greenbelts and area parks such as the Somerset Greenbelts & Lakemont Highlands Neighborhood Park are highly sought after ameneties, making these areas very popular with Bellevue home buyers.

Buying a Bellevue Home Near & Park or Greenbelt

If you're looking for an Eastside Seattle community that balances the conveniences of the modern world with the beauty of natural wonders, then this is the place! Find out how you can buy a Bellevue home or condo near any of these great parks by contacting us. We're Anthony Gilbert and Danny Evatt, local Bellevue real estate agents at the Real FX Group. It only takes a few moments to tell us what requirements you have in your next home, so let's get started today.

For more information visit the City of Bellevue Parks website.